|How to Go from Paris’ Gare de l’Est Railway Station
to our Office, or to our Guest Apartments, in the Same Building
You have just stumbled off your train at the Gare de l’Est. Now you have to make your way to our office.
We are the glass-doored commerce, between numbers 2 & 4 of the rue Dussoubs, in Paris’ 2nd Arrondissement. The closest métro stop is Etienne-Marcel, on line 4, on a direct line from the Gare de l’Est.
Here is a link to the Google neighborhood map. The site of the Etienne-Marcel station is misidentified, however: it is one block down and to the left, at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo and the rue Etienne-Marcel, on the southeast side of the intersection.
To Reach Us Generalities
You will be taking the métro, Paris’ underground railway.
Locating Your Train
Find your way into the underground station, clearly signed from the train concourse.
Purchasing Your Ticket
Once at the ticket window or the automatic machines, buy a carnet de billets (pronounced “car-nay' duh bee-yea'” (don't pronounce the t's in either word, nor the s at the end of billets). If you wish to say please, it is “see voo play,” is said after the “car-nay” stuff, and will be appreciated.)
This is a batch of 10 tickets, valid for travel on all Paris métro and bus lines. Unless you are headed immediately out of town, you will have plenty of chances to use them. They are a bit more than half the price of single tickets. And, to avoid your getting stuck with tickets you can use, we buy any unused ones you want to sell for 1€ each. The machines will label the tickets with part or all of the following words: Carnet de 10 billets, plein tarif (not “demi-tarif,”half fare, unless you have children under 12 travelling with you, in which case you can buy a separate carnet for them). They are sometimes called “Tickets T,” which is a brand name signifying that they are valid within the urban center, and not for travel to outer suburbs.
One time-saving note: Thalys and Eurostar trains from northern Europe or London, respectively, sell Paris métro tickets in the café car. They cost a few cents more, but can save you a lot of time.
General notes about riding the métro:
Making Your Trip
Our storefront is the unprepossessing (it’s your money) glass door between numbers 2 and 4, on your right after you turn into the rue Dussoubs. If the iron curtain is still down it means we aren't up yet. If the curtain is up, but the front room is dark, it means that we've gone out for coffee, or are in the basement. Try knocking on the glass door with a key or a coin (so that we can hear you from the basement), or looking into local bars. Or wait: we’ll be back soon.